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childbirth

 [chīld´berth]
the process of giving birth to a child, including both labor and delivery. Called also accouchement and parturition.
cooperative childbirth (educated childbirth) (natural childbirth) prepared childbirth.
prepared childbirth see prepared childbirth.

natural childbirth

n.
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery.

natural childbirth

Alternative obstetrics
A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the delivery mechanics than in the usual childbirth. In natural childbirth, the mother is awake during delivery, often without general anaesthesia, has actively “trained” in the birthing process and is attended by her partner (or significant other) at the time of delivery.

natural childbirth

Alternative obstetrics A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the parturitional mechanics–than in an 'unnatural' birth. See Alternative gynecology, Bonding, Breast milk, Doula, Lamaze method, Naturopathic obstetrics.

nat·u·ral child·birth

(nach'ŭr-ăl chīld'bǐrth)
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery. A natural birth also increases the probability of a healthier postnatal period and an easier recovery without the discomfort of an episiotomy or cesarean delivery incision.
Synonym(s): natural birth.

natural childbirth

A term used to encourage the concept that having a baby should be a normal and natural process rather than a medical or surgical event, operation or emergency. A clear understanding of what is involved and informed instruction on the nature and cause of pain in labour, together with exercises in relaxation and cooperation, has made labour less difficult and painful, and more rewarding, for millions of women. It has not, however, made childbirth either easy or painless.
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Grantly Dick-Read, a 20th century British obstetrician credited as the "father of the natural childbirth movement," held that pain was not inevitable in a normal, healthy childbirth, and that alleviating fear was the key to a healthy, positive, relatively painless experience.
But Ms Dover, part of the APOLLO team at Birmingham Women's Hospital, believes this study could eventually restore confidence in natural childbirth.
28 Kyodo At least seven newborn babies have died following unassisted home deliveries recommended by a group promoting "natural childbirth," Health and Welfare Ministry officials said Tuesday.
Even though the medical institution has established a "monopoly" over childbirth, she argues that the discourse of natural childbirth has been contesting this monopoly for some time.
The arguments for natural childbirth examined here rely on a discourse of normalcy and naturalness in the reproductive lives of non-Western women.
Because of this, Crosby indicates, natural childbirth classes are extremely helpful, especially to first-time mothers, because they teach breathing and relaxation techniques.
Does natural childbirth tend to promote exacerbations?
Roemer's team counters that the report's general message should indeed hold true for babies born in the 1990s -- especially to women who opt for natural childbirth methods.
The Ontario proposal is for an 18-week leave for each parent in either a natural childbirth or adoption circumstance.
In response, the natural childbirth movement arose and continues to grow.
Supporters of natural childbirth say epidurals cause a slow second stage of labour (the birth itself), and increase the risk of the need for forceps or ventouse delivery.
She is a natural childbirth advocate, promoting safer and more empowering birth experiences through organizing over a half dozen seminars, creating CDs ("Growth through Childbirth"), and writing articles for local and international magazines.

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